Monday, October 11, 2010

"Thank You!"

[Just a couple of days back, I was mourning about how people seem to have forgotten all about something called courtesy. But just when you start thinking that, someone else reminds you of the power of two simple words- Thank You!.]

I was walking towards him when one of his bags split and medicine bottles spilled out. He seemed unaware of it, so without breaking my stride, I told him his stuff had fallen. He bent down to pick them up, I walked on. One of his bottles had rolled ahead, son I picked it up and gave it to him.
"Thank you", he said, looking me in the eye. He held contact much longer than it took him to utter those two words.

The whole encounter took less than a minute. But the warm glow remained with me for hours.

A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.
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Mary said...

All it takes is one little act to lift an entire day. Puts sun where there may not be any.

Clarissa Draper said...

Because of those feelings, why wouldn't people want to be more helpful. I just can't understand that.


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - As always, such an excellent Drabble! It's so true, too, that those simple courtesies can make such a difference. Two simple words, sincerely meant, can mean so much. What's interesting is that each of you gave the other a gift.

Dyche Designs said...

I love how something as simple as a thank you can mean so much.

Holly Ruggiero said...

The power of a real thank you -- not a mumbled one or an afterthought, a real thank you.

I saw your commenter widget. That’s so fun. I grab one for myself too!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

And your faith in humaity is restored!

Anonymous said...

Please, thank you, and excuse me. These words can make a difference in someone's life today. And thank you for this drabble.

Stephen Tremp

Deb and Barbara said...

Such a small thing, but I got shivers. Beautiful, huh?
xoxo B

Dorte H said...

Thank you for reminding us of this.

LTM said...

remember when they used to talk about one little action starting a chain reaction... or something. About doing one nice thing and then it spreads?

That's what this reminded me of. Yay! :o) <3

Trudy said...

They certainly are powerful words, aren't they. They have the power to change a person's outlook for the day...much the same as the absence of them can!

Blessings to you Rayna!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now there's a man who knows his manners!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I think how the words are said is as important as the words. Glad the experience lifted your spirits.

Hart Johnson said...

Ack! Blogger ate my comment! I just wanted to say how nice this was Natasha! Nice to have a sincere thank you, and to be recognized for having raised a thoughtful son!

Cricket McRae said...

Such an inspirational drabble, Rayna! Thanks.
Hearth Cricket

raji said...

nice write up..u have expressed the unsaid

Cinette said...

The power of words can be incredible, can't they? Two words, and an important imprint is made on your whole day.

Mason Canyon said...

Simple words with such strong emotions. A nice reminder that manners do matter.

Thoughts in Progress

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A wonderful post -- thank you!

Anonymous said...

Succinct and lovely. I make a point of always thanking the bus driver every time I ride the bus. Most of the drivers look surprised and then very pleased.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Mary- what I can't understand is when it is so easy to spread a little sunshine,why do so few people bother?

@ Clarissa- precisely. All it takes is a few seconds.

@ Margot- funny you should say that, because at the end of the encounter, I ended up richer than I was before it. Had even forgotten, I got the thank you becuase I initiated the kindness.

@ Dyche- it does, as it should.

@ Holly- precisely. I routinely say thank you, but am going to look the person in the eye from now on.

@ Diane- YES!!!!

@ Stephen- and sorry. Thank you.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Barbara- I'm not kidding- I get goosebumps just thinking of it.

@ Dorte- my pleasure. After all, he reminded me- I only passed it on.

@ Leigh- Passing it forward. The best thing that could be.

@ Trudy- the good thing is that you remember the thank you that was said longer than you do the one that should have been said.

@ Alex- and how.

@ Jane- it is totally in the how, and not the words itself. How many people think to hold eye contact?

@ Hart- I hate it when that happens. Yes, it was great.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Cricket- thank you.

@ raji- thank you, and thank you for dropping by.

@ Cinette- and more than just one day- I still remember it

@ Mason- they do, they do, they do.

@ Debra- thank you too.

@ Fiona - it is a pity when they are suprised, isn't it? They shouldn't be.


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